Concussion Resources

The four Rs of concussion management

Recognize

the signs and symptoms of a concussion

Remove

the athlete from the game or practice

Refer

the athlete to a licensed healthcare professional

Return

to school and then to sport based on the recommendations of a medical expert

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We won’t let a short-term injury become a long-term battle.
We take concussions seriously. And you should too.

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Recognize

If an athlete shows or reports any symptoms of concussion, or just “doesn’t feel right”, they should be removed from play and examined by a licensed healthcare professional.

Leading Resources

These resources are all recommended by Sport Canada and Public Heath Agency of Canada 

 

Remove

To properly treat and manage a concussion, it is important that an athlete is immediately removed from the game or practice following a concussion. However, removing an athlete from play is not an easy decision, which is why it is important to have informed and relevant policies and procedures in place to ensure athletes are protected.

Leading Resources

Only a medical professional can officially diagnose a concussion, and there is rarely a licensed medical professional on the field of play. After removing a concussed athlete from the field of play, refer them to a license medical professional to receive an informed diagnosis and recovery plan. 

Leading Resources

Athletes who return to activities before recovering from a concussion are more likely to sustain a second concussion with more severe symptoms. However, once the brain has healed and with a licensed medical professional's approval, an athlete can gradually start returning to physical activities.

Returning to play safely requires patience, attention and caution, and will be a different experience for every athlete.

Leading Resources

  • “…speaking of protocols, let’s have one. Let’s keep it as simple as possible and as strong and as accurate as possible.”

    Eric Lindros, NHL player, Olympic gold medalist, Hockey Hall of Fame, speaking at the Governor General’s Conference on Concussion in Sport

  • “We were looking at the bruises and blood on her knee and didn’t realize the most serious injury was the concussion in her head.”

    Gordon Stringer, father of Rowan Stringer (Rowan's Law)

  • “You have to teach smart recovery. If you want to play sport long-term then sometimes that means short-term breaks.”

    Rosie MacLennan, double Olympic gold medalist

  • “You can’t expect a concussed athlete to know they are concussed.”

    Karolina Wisniewska, eight-time Paralympic medalist, alpine skiing

  • “I think even when athletes are aware they should take time off, there’s a lot of fear that taking time off you’ll lose you gains that you made in training.”

    Tara Whitten, Olympic bronze medalist, cycling

  • “When you have a concussion, you don’t know you’re repeating your words. You don’t know how out of it you actually are.”

    Mercedes Nicoll, Canadian Olympic snowboarder

  • “I had a choice to make, as an athlete and as a mom: whether to identify all the symptoms I was having, or to hide them. It was really important for me to speak up on behalf of myself and let people know that I needed help.”

    Robbi Weldon, Canadian Paralympic cyclist

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Success Stories

 

Concussions and success don’t often belong in the same sentence. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of organizations across Canada and the harmonized guidelines, Canadian athletes are better protected from the long-term risks of concussions than ever before.

Here are some success stories from athletes and sport organizations in Canada:

 

Download your concussion toolkit

Help spread awareness about concussions with posters, videos and other marketing materials.

Marketing resources

In these files you’ll find ready-made communication tools for spreading the campaign messages within your organization. Please contact us if you would like source artwork to create your own co-branded versions.

VIDEO

Campaign video
If you need a downloadable version, please contact SIRC

HANDOUTS

One page handout - Four Rs of Concussion
One page handout - postcard format

SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT

Prepared social media content (ZIP file)

POWERPOINT TEMPLATE

16:9 Wide Screen
4:3 Full screen

ADVERTISEMENTS - PRINT

5” x 7”
8” x 10”

ADVERTISEMENTS – WEB BANNER

728x90
300x250 (1) | 300x250 (2)
160x600

POSTERS

8-1/2” x 11”

SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT

Prepared social media content (ZIP file)

Concussion Ed

Created by Parachute Canada, Concussion Ed gives Canadian parents, youth and educators free access to critical concussion resources.

Concussion Awareness

A tool from Hockey Canada for anyone interested in learning about the prevention, recognition, and response to a concussion, including responsible return-to-play protocol.

World Rugby Concussion Management

World Rugby’s concussion app, designed for anyone involved in Rugby - players, coaches, parents, teachers, match officials, spectators, and anyone else with a role or interest in the Game.

Making Head Way

The Coaching Association of Canada’s e-learning series for coaches is designed to teach you
sport-specific and overall concussion safety in 60- to 90-minute instructional videos.